Milestone Society Repository
The Society has built up a great deal of knowledge over the past 10 years about the remaining milestones and waymarkers in the UK, from members and many other sources such as English Heritage’s Images of England.
While the information has been listed in a comprehensive Excel spreadsheet, the photographic record is scattered in many places, including in members’ albums and on various Internet sites such as Flickr and Geograph.
We have now developed our own repository for photographs where we can safely store pictures supplied by members and others. These photos are linked to the Excel spreadsheet via a unique waymarker ID number, which includes an approximate ‘old county’ reference. We have also produced the information in Google Earth 3D map format so you can see the milestones in place and view a photograph if one is currently available!
The menu option Download Google Earth provides a link to help you download Google Earth. After you have done this, you can download our information by selecting the menu option Download Map Files.
Following the launch of the repository site in November 2010, we made our eleventh information release this May, providing details of over 18,000 recorded milestones and other waymarkers in the UK, with over 70% photographic coverage.. Future updates will be approximately every four months. Please check the site for updates.
Using Google Earth you can zoom into any location, by typing the location name in the box at the top left, and spot the milestones in the area. Click on a coloured pin and you will be able to view the details about the milestone or other waymarker, with a link to a photograph if one has been supplied.You can also use the Google Earth Street View feature and sometimes see the milestone in place, although the accuracy of the grid references supplied by members may not be exact.
If there is no photo for a milestone, you can help by organising one! There’s a form available via the menu option Upload a Photograph to upload a digital picture, by browsing from your computer.
If you are uploading a photograph from a digital camera, it would be helpful if you would ensure that the photograph is portrait style and has a 'size' less than 400kb. Most modern digital cameras yield around 2Mb per photo. You don’t need to fiddle with your camera settings because there are plenty of free programs that will re-size photographs for you. The menu option Reduce Photo Size provides details of some suitable programs.
If the details shown on the map are not correct or a waymarker is not recorded, there is a recording form for you to amend or add these, available via the menu option Report a Change.
If you are using a SatNav to record the location, the co-ordinates may be given in longitude and latitude, whereas the Excel database records them in standard Grid References. The menu option Convert Coordinates has a link to a website that provides conversion to OS Grid References.
Finally, if you would like to download the information as a spreadsheet instead of viewing in Google Earth, there is the menu option Download Excel Files.
If you have any technical queries, such as why you are seeing duplicate entries for the milestone pins, look in the menu section Frequently Asked Questions (F A Qs).
We hope you will enjoy spotting your local waymarkers and that you will use this site as a tool to inform your local Conservation and Highways Officers, parish councils, local enthusiasts – to spread the word, to educate and to aid conservation and restoration – or for planning Highways Heritage Walks. Feedback is always welcomed: you can contact us by clicking here.